Information technology (21 - 30 of 92 items)
Electronic Health Records: Long History of Management Challenges Raises Concerns about VA's and DOD's New Approach to Sharing Health Information
GAO-13-413T: Published: Feb 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2013.
The Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD) have undertaken a number of patchwork efforts over the past 15 years to achieve interoperability (i.e., the ability to share data) of records between their information systems; however, these efforts have faced persistent challenges. The departments' early efforts to achieve interoperability included enabling DOD to electronically transfer...
Human Services: Sustained and Coordinated Efforts Could Facilitate Data Sharing While Protecting Privacy
GAO-13-106: Published: Feb 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 2013.
Four selected states or localities used systematic and automated data sharing to improve eligibility verification or case management processes. Such data sharing improved eligibility verification processes in Michigan and Utah. Specifically, program officials said that data sharing improved program integrity because more accurate payments were made, and staff noted program efficiencies through mor...
Information Management: National Technical Information Service's Dissemination of Technical Reports Needs Congressional Attention
GAO-13-99: Published: Nov 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2012.
As a component of the Department of Commerce, the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is organized into five primary offices that offer the public and federal agencies a variety of products and services. As of late October 2012, NTIS was supported by 181 staff, all except 6 of which held full-time positions. NTIS reports its progress toward agency goals to the Deputy Secretary of Commerc...
Information Sharing: DHS Has Demonstrated Leadership and Progress, but Additional Actions Could Help Sustain and Strengthen Efforts
GAO-12-809: Published: Sep 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2012.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made progress in achieving its information-sharing mission, but could take additional steps to improve its efforts. Specifically, DHS has demonstrated leadership commitment by establishing a governance board to serve as the decision-making body for DHS information-sharing issues. The board has enhanced collaboration among DHS components and identified...
Freedom of Information Act: Additional Actions Can Strengthen Agency Efforts to Improve Management
GAO-12-828: Published: Jul 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2012.
The major components of the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, and Health and Human Services have taken a variety of actions to improve management of their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) programs. To reduce their backlogs of outstanding requests, agencies have taken actions that include regularly reporting to management, mobilizing extra resources, and streamlining procedures f...
Privacy: Federal Law Should Be Updated to Address Changing Technology Landscape
GAO-12-961T: Published: Jul 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2012.
Technological developments since the Privacy Act became law in 1974 have changed the way information is organized and shared among organizations and individuals. Such advances have rendered some of the provisions of the Privacy Act and the E-Government Act of 2002 inadequate to fully protect all personally identifiable information collected, used, and maintained by the federal government. For exam...
Freedom of Information Act: Key Website Is Generally Reliable, but Action Is Needed to Ensure Completeness of Its Reports
GAO-12-754: Published: Jun 28, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2012.
The Department of Justices (Justice) website called FOIA.gov presents data from agencies annual Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reports. Agencies submit their annual reports to Justice in print and in electronic form and Justice posts the electronic data onto the website. For fiscal year 2010, the data GAO reviewed on the website were generally consistent with the data in the agencie...
Data Mining: DHS Needs to Improve Executive Oversight of Systems Supporting Counterterrorism
GAO-11-742: Published: Sep 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2011.
Data mining--a technique for extracting useful information from large volumes of data--is one type of analysis that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to help detect and prevent terrorist threats. While data-mining systems offer a number of promising benefits, their use also raises privacy concerns. GAO was asked to (1) assess DHS policies for evaluating the effectiveness and privacy p...
Social Media: Federal Agencies Need Policies and Procedures for Managing and Protecting Information They Access and Disseminate
GAO-11-605: Published: Jun 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2011.
Federal agencies increasingly use recently developed Internet technologies that allow individuals or groups to create, organize, comment on, and share online content. The use of these social media services-- including popular Web sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube-- has been endorsed by President Obama and provides opportunities for agencies to more readily share information with and solici...
Electronic Government: National Archives and Records Administration's Fiscal Year 2011 Expenditure Plan
GAO-11-299: Published: Mar 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2011.
Since 2001, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has been working to develop an Electronic Records Archive (ERA) to preserve and provide access to massive volumes of all types of electronic records. NARA originally planned to complete the system in 2012, but has repeatedly revised the program schedule and estimated cost and is now planning to deploy an ERA system with reduced fu...